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    Celebration penalties

    Ok....

    So the Bowling Green player gets a penalty for doing a 2 second shawn merriman dance gets a flag.

    I noticed that Mitch King for Iowa walked out and did the grave digger scoop after making a nice tackle yesterday. No flag (which there shouldn't have been IMO)


    This is why it is the most stupid rule in football. It has already cost one team a victory (Washington). Let players play.



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    re: Celebration penalties

    I think they should flag "excessive" celebration, but sometimes what they deem excessive is not.



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    re: Celebration penalties

    OK, since the penalty-calling is so bizarre, how about coaching your players to just hand the ball to the ref and then celebrate all you want when you get to the sideline? Seems like it should be easy to control yourself if you just score a TD, unless it's "all about you."



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    re: Celebration penalties

    Quote Originally Posted by Tornado man View Post
    OK, since the penalty-calling is so bizarre, how about coaching your players to just hand the ball to the ref and then celebrate all you want when you get to the sideline? Seems like it should be easy to control yourself if you just score a TD, unless it's "all about you."
    Agreed. It may not be a great rule because the enforcement differs so much from game to game and play to play, but it wouldn't be a problem if players would just concentrate on the rest of the game instead of celebrating one TD.

    It's not accurate to say that the penalty in the Washington/BYU game cost Washington a victory. After that touchdown, the players celebrated so much you would have thought they had won, but they still had to kick an extra point just to send it to overtime, and nobody knows what might have happened in OT.

    If I was coaching that team, I would have told the players to focus on what still needs to be done to win the game rather than have a party in the end zone when you're still down by a point.



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    re: Celebration penalties

    Quote Originally Posted by dustinal View Post
    Agreed. It may not be a great rule because the enforcement differs so much from game to game and play to play, but it wouldn't be a problem if players would just concentrate on the rest of the game instead of celebrating one TD.

    It's not accurate to say that the penalty in the Washington/BYU game cost Washington a victory. After that touchdown, the players celebrated so much you would have thought they had won, but they still had to kick an extra point just to send it to overtime, and nobody knows what might have happened in OT.

    If I was coaching that team, I would have told the players to focus on what still needs to be done to win the game rather than have a party in the end zone when you're still down by a point.
    I agree 100%.

    Also, the XP was blocked, not missed. It would have been blocked from the 3 yard line as well as from the 18.

    But it's still a dumb rule.


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    re: Celebration penalties

    Quote Originally Posted by Tornado man View Post
    OK, since the penalty-calling is so bizarre, how about coaching your players to just hand the ball to the ref and then celebrate all you want when you get to the sideline? Seems like it should be easy to control yourself if you just score a TD, unless it's "all about you."

    Or maybe just pure excitement for making a crowd of 60,000 of your teams fans go crazy.



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    re: Celebration penalties

    Quote Originally Posted by ketchupnmustard View Post
    I agree 100%.

    Also, the XP was blocked, not missed. It would have been blocked from the 3 yard line as well as from the 18.

    But it's still a dumb rule.

    That's true. Some have said that Washington was going to go for 2 though, but who knows if that's true.



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    re: Celebration penalties

    so some of you wouldn't go crazy if you just scored a touchdown that could tie a game with an extra point against a team that everyone said you wouldnt have a chance against. I for one know that I would do the exact same thing as the Washington player did. The whole sport is played on emotion. I think the only flag for celebration should be is if you do it right in your opponents face. If you and your teammates are the corner of the endzone not taunting or yelling at the other team it should be fine.


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